11 Best Coffee Shops in Gastown & What To Order (2023)
Looking for the best coffee shops in Gastown? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
From homegrown cafes, serious roasters, and boutique cafes, Gastown coffee shops offer everything from lattes and macchiatos, to cold brews, double espressos, desserts, confectionery, and delicious light snacks.
So, for your next walk-in-off-the-street coffee experience, let the charming Gastown coffee shops wow you with their ambiance, expertise, and naturally… their coffee.
Here’s a list of the best coffee shops in Gastown we’ve rounded up just for you.
Revolver is crazy popular and it seems to be one of those never-dying Vancouver brands. Here you’ll find some of the finest coffee, and coffee offer that is always rotating.
They source their beans from the best roasters around North America. Put this place on your bucket list especially if it’s your first time in the city.
Watch out for their tasty latte with a perfect layer of micro-foam and eye-catching latte art. Order a flight of espresso and you get to choose from two out of the three options listed on the Espresso menu.
It can really get crowded during busy hours but the service is quick and friendly.
This is a popular and cozy brunch cafe spot, charmingly nestled in between Powell Street and Alexander Street.
A perfect spot to refresh from your Gastown touristing with a yummy cup of cappuccino with almond milk or perhaps an oat milk latte. It also has one of the most aesthetic corners in this part of the city.
If you are a vegan you may particularly like it here. They also serve some great food and their meals are hearty.
Get an avocado toast and feast on the pile of avocado you’ll get.
What to order: cappuccino, oat milk latte, avocado toast, miso barley bowl
Nelson the Seagull is a chill coffee shop that alongside delectable coffee, serves some mouth-melting pastries as well. Get a coffee with oat milk or perhaps an iced americano.
At their open kitchen, you can catch the action and order fresh bread and tasty baked goods. But what they are best known for and what you really MUST have while at Nelson the Seagull is the avocado toast, which we listed in our ultimate Vancouver food bucket list.
For your sweet tooth, perhaps chocolate chunk macadamia nut oatmeal cookie or their warm, freshly-baked croissants.
Whether you were wondering about the name of the cafe, it’s inspired by an old English folksong and Nelson Mandela.
What to order: avocado toast, chocolate chunk macadamia nut oatmeal cookie, croissants
Located inside the historic BC Electric Railway Building, Aiyahohno Cafe is a rustic, cozy spot to enjoy your favorite cup of coffee, along with unique dishes ranging from vegan, and vegetarian, to pescatarian diets.
The atmosphere inside is relaxing, where plants oversized pottery, and raw wood countertops give the space a peaceful feel!
This place is best known for its Sakura Latte, which has a distinct salted flavour that mixed wonderfully with the floral notes of the cherry blossom.
You can also try their Iced Yuzu Ginger, which is super fresh and enjoyable, just the right one to cool down the heat!
Never miss their cookies, which are awesome, especially the Matcha Pecan, Chocolate Roasted Walnut, and Birseed. Their Birdseed cookies are pretty cool with oatmeal, raisin, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and the secret ingredient: millet!
They all have a satisfying chew in the center surrounded by a slightly crispy exterior. You just can’t say no!
What to order: Sakura Latte, Yuzu Ginger Ice Drinks, Matcha Pecan Cookie, Chocolate Roasted Walnut Cookie, Birseed Cookie
Di Beppe Caffe is a charming Italian cafe that serves coffee, sandwiches, salads, pastries, and other small bites in a beautiful European-inspired space.
The cafe sits on the corner of Cordova and Carall Street, from which you can have a supreme view of Gastown.
There’s no better place to enjoy your people-watching while sipping on your favourite cup of coffee than Di Beppe Caffe!
In the morning, this place is open for espresso, transitioning into a wine bar by night. So if you’re coming by day, make sure you’ll get the classic Cappuccino, which has a cute head of foam with a meticulous espresso edge and is also served with an almond cookie.
The Affogato is no less stunning with soft serve ice cream drowned in a shot of espresso and dashed with cocoa powder.
Don’t hesitate to stay for lunch as Di Beppe Caffe’s sandwiches are out of this world! People’s favourite is the Mortadella Sandwich, which has the richness and complex flavors of funky, cured meat and quality melted cheese. Yummy!
What to order: Cappuccino, Affogato, Mortadella Sandwich, Salumi Pizza, Antipasti Salad
How to get a taste of Parisian café culture right here in Vancouver? Pay a visit to Cafe Kitsune!
This lovely spot has immediately been the favorite hangout spot for locals since it first opened its door, not only for great coffee, and chic ambiance but buttery pastries and delightful lunch plates as well!
You can settle down with some classic options like latte or cappuccino, they are good enough to light up your day.
Or you can make try their Turmeric Latte, which has a very mild earthy, and slightly bitter taste that is hard to describe. But trust us, it’s worth your pennies!
In case you still have some time for a plated lunch, we would highly recommend the Smoked Salmon Croque Madame, which is topped with a fried egg and comes with an organic green salad with carrot ginger vinaigrette.
The texture can really surprise you and the taste is simply phenomenal! Satisfy your sweet tooth with the famous Butter Croissant and Black Sesame Cruffin, they have the best of the treats in the city!
What to order: Turmeric Latte, Iced Matcha Latte, Butter Croissant, Black Sesame Cruffin, Smoked Salmon Croque Madame
This Gastown location is a glorious deliciousness of pastries, of creme brulee buns which make a cracking sound as you take a bite, of butter tart that is flawlessly crumbly but not extra luscious, of massive amounts of pastries abundantly glazed with fruits or frostings. And whatnot.
So, you can have a brunch + coffee at Nemesis or any of the other Gastown coffee shops and brunch spots and then drop by at Purebread and satisfy your sweet tooth and pastry cravings (or just come directly here).
Besides the incredible spread of baked goods, anticipate a lovely decorated venue and an overwhelming, all-consuming smell of vanilla and baking.
All Noms Magazine’s “best” lists are created using multiple factors and signals to help readers find the best restaurants, things to do, and places to stay at. Some of these factors and signs include personal experiences, correspondence with locals, and compiling experiences from review sites.
Each list is also created to be balanced (in terms of price, cuisine type, ambiance, and more) as possible. This means that the lists are not specifically created in ranking order. You should be comfortable picking from any of the spots on the list and generally have a good time. But of course, YMMV (your mileage may vary) and everyone may have different experiences/palates.